Taylor Hall's tough season just got a little tougher.
The Edmonton Oilers left winger, who missed six games with a knee injury in November, is now out for four to six weeks with a cracked bone in his ankle. Some have speculated that Hall came back to play too soon after his knee injury, reports the Edmonton Sun. Hall also missed three games in late January with a bone bruise near his ankle.
A cracked bone is a sign of a stress fracture that is often caused by overuse. Sometimes, stress fractures require surgery, in which a surgeon inserts pins or screws to repair the bone faster. After that, patients need to rest. Rest time varies depending on the seriousness of the injury.
Hall only missed 10 of 130 games during the two previous seasons, but this year his upward trend of durability has subsided. Hall has had 30 points in 42 games.
This season has been a tough one for the Oilers, who are currently four points behind the Buffalo Sabres for the worst record in the NHL.